Stonecipher: Negotiations Should Be Completed Soon
Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher is
still being pretty cagey about who he's talking to, but whoever it
is, he says negotiations on the sale of the company's commercial
aircraft operations in Wichita, KS, are close to wrapping up.
Or maybe not.
"They're either going to get finished or we're just going to
say, 'Wait a minute, let's give this thing up and get back to
business,'" Stonecipher said, quoted in the Wichita Business
Journal. "The guys that are doing the work have assured me that
things are on track and they are going to get it finished."
Stonecipher (below, right) said, if the deal is to be concluded,
it'll probably happen in the 10-20 days.
"There are some tough, tough
negotiations that have to go on and they are," he told the Business
Journal. But interestingly, he doesn't seem to give much of a hoot
one way or the other how the negotiations wrap up. He was quoted in
the Business Journal as saying he's reached the "point of
indifference" on whether the plant is sold.
The workers, along with the rest of Wichita, is on pins and
needles waiting for the outcome.
"We would like to know one way or the other as soon as possible
because it is worse living with this uncertainty," said Wichita
Mayor Carlos Mayans. He told the business journal, "I think that a
change in ownership is not necessarily a bad thing. I think that we
have great workers, great work ethics and I think we can still
deliver a great product. So I'm not real concerned about that."
Boeing's Wichita plant builds about 75-percent of the 737 line.
About 7,000 people work there. The sale has been an issue for
almost a year. As ANN reported, Boeing has negotiated with at
least two big-time players in trying to sell its commercial plants
in Wichita, Tulsa and McAlester, OK.